Community asset value compromised by partial flat conversion

The alteration and residential conversion of part of a public house in north London which had been designated as an asset of community value would fail to ensure that the facility continued to meet local needs, an inspector has determined.

200-002-754 (Image Credit: LB of Camden)
200-002-754 (Image Credit: LB of Camden)

The public house had been designated as an asset of community value in 2013 under the Localism Act 2011 and this had been reaffirmed in 2014. The appellant stated, however, that since the public house was to be retained with internal improvements it would not lead to the loss of a community asset. Improved toilet and kitchen facilities would be provided including better access into and out of the premises.

Mere retention of the public house was not sufficient, the inspector ruled, and highlighted a number of shortcomings of the proposed design. An existing function room at first floor level would be replaced by a basement facility which would have no windows or outlook. In addition, part of the main floor of the pub which would form the focus of the commercial operation would be lost, reducing the area available for customers thereby adversely affecting its attractiveness as a drinking establishment. On balance, he decided that the planned changes would not provide a sustained level of community benefit comparable to the existing facility. This was sufficient to outweigh the benefits of improving the appearance of the building and delivering more housing.

Inspector: Peter Rose; Hearing

Have you registered with us yet?

Register now to enjoy more articles and free email bulletins

Sign up now
Already registered?
Sign in

Join the conversation with PlanningResource on social media

Follow Us:
Planning Jobs